Two 14-Year-Old Teenagers Killed in Fatal Lake County Car Crash
According to preliminary collision reports from the Eustis Police Department (EPD) and witness statements from additional first responders, two 14-year-old teenagers were tragically killed and one more was seriously injured after they were all involved in a single-vehicle auto accident by Hicks Ditch Road in Lake County during the early morning hours of November 8th, 2020.
At approximately 1:10 a.m. this past Sunday, local Eustis Police Department authorities were dispatched to the scene of a fatal car crash involving three fourteen-year-old teenage boys near the intersection of Getford Road and Hicks Ditch Road in the city of Eustis. Upon their arrival, it was discovered that the driver, Amari Traemaine Bedford of Webster, and front-seat passenger Ny’Juan J. Hodge of Leesburg, had already succumbed to injuries they had sustained in the collision. The third victim, Torian H. Harp, who also resides in Leesburg and was seated in the rear-passenger seat at the time of impact, was immediately transported to the Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Family and friends of the Lake County students placed a candlelight vigil at the crash site Monday evening. “No parent should ever have to bury their child. 14-years-old is very young. Their life was cut short. It is a tremendous tragedy and right now, we feel sad for them,” said Cpl. Lauren Brown with the EPD – one of the first officers to arrive at the accident.
It is important to note that the legal driving age in Florida is 16, although 15-year-olds are able to acquire their learner’s permit one year in advance with parental permission and the appropriate driving courses and classes. That being said, none of these young individuals were old enough to be operating a motor vehicle, which could lead to potential charges against the parents or caregivers of the three teens. An investigation is currently underway by the Eustis Police Department. No further details have been released to the public.
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